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EPBD recast: Agreement reached between the Council and the Parliament

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All buildings built after 31 December 2020 must have high energy-saving standards and be powered to a large extent by renewable energy. Public authorities will lead the way two years earlier and part of the funding for these changes will come from the EU. These are among the key points of a deal reached on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 between Parliament and Council negotiators.

By the end of 2020 EU Member States must ensure that all newly-constructed buildings have a "very high energy performance", under new rules agreed in Brussels on Monday 16  November 2009 night. And their energy needs must be covered to a very significant extent from renewable sources, including energy produced on-site or nearby.

The public sector must set an example by owning or renting only this kind of buildings by the end of 2018 and by promoting the conversion of existing buildings into "nearly zero" standard. It is only thanks to European Parliament negotiators that specific target dates will be included in this legislation.

After the successful conclusion of informal negotiations on Tuesday 17 November 2009 between Parliament and Council, rapporteur Silvia-Adriana Ticău (S&D, RO) said the political agreement reinforces the EU's leading role in fighting climate change: "At the Copenhagen Conference, Europe could present an effective tool to make the ambitious environmental objectives happen. We are committed to invest more and to better use the financial instruments for the energy efficiency of buildings and renewable energy."

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